The harsh ramifications of malaria in Malawi are substantial. 70% of patients admitted to hospital are for cases of malaria, and the disease accounted for 22% of deaths of children under the age of 5, thus becoming the leading cause of death for under-five children. For those that can afford them, mosquito nets are the only source of protection. The need for an affordable and novel preventative method can not be ignored.
In January 2018, with the help of our partner organization, K2 TASO, three of our members introduced 13 beneficiaries to the production, packaging and sales processes of Palma Soap. As well as soap making sessions, we carried out business, finance, sales, and marketing workshops with the 13 ladies we worked with, providing them with entrepreneurial knowledge they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to. With a 12% profit these 13 ladies sell the bars of soap they have produced to local communities and surrounding areas at £0.25/bar, supplying individuals with a source of protection and themselves with a source of income.